Fire Cider Oxymel Helps Warm Up the Body and soothe scratchy throat!
Fire Cider Oxymel is my favorite recipe for colds and flu. First of all I use it when my throat is starting to feel scratchy. I take a table spoon of it straight, not diluted in water. The taste is so intense! Sweet, sour and pungent all at once. Second, I like to take it when I feel cold and just can’t warm up. It can be at the beginning of a cold or when my peripheral circulation just needs a little kick. In either case this recipe works wonders dispersing the heat to the periphery. And third, I take a teaspoon a day preventatively during the cold and flu season.
Health Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar:
- Very high in potassium and other minerals it can improve acid/alkaline balance in the body.
- Strong antimicrobial properties, and can kill or inhibit growth of many microorganisms including E.coli.
- Can improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar.
- Enhances the action of stimulating herbs.
- It can be used to stimulate the secretion of digestive juices.
Some people might be too sensitive to the acidity of apple cider vinegar and have an adverse reaction. That’s why I like adding honey to my Fire Cider. Honey improves the taste, dilutes the vinegar and adds its own healing properties. Herbal honey and vinegar mixtures are called oxymels. However, even with honey the taste is quite pungent. So if you’d like to make something kids friendly here is a recipe for Elderberry Syrup.
The herbs that I use to infuse the vinegar collectively are considered, warming, antibacterial and antiviral, immune-boosting, and circulatory stimulants.
Fire Cider Oxymel
1 bulb garlic, peeled and chopped
1 medium size ginger root, peeled and chopped
1-2 Tbsp black pepper
2-3 inch of horseradish, peeled and chopped
3-4 cayenne peppers
Small bunch rosemary, thyme and sage
Apple cider vinegar
- Place all ingredients in a glass jar and pour apple cider vinegar to cover. Cover tight with a lid.
- Let infuse at room temperature for at least 2 weeks. Shake the mixture daily.
- You can reuse the herbs and spices several times by adding more cider and letting them infuse longer.
- You can use the liquid as is (it would be called just Fire Cider) or you can add equal volume of honey and turn it into an oxymel.
- Store in an air tight jar at room tempe